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One of the Nation's best

By Joey Donia - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Just outside of the Cook High baseball stadium you'll find a list naming dozens of former Hornets who made it to the college ranks and seven names lucky enough to play professionally. It's only a matter of time before Cook senior Kaleb Cowart will see his name on the board.

"It was an honor to tie the home run record and beat the batting average record of Cook and everything. I just tried as hard as I could every time I came to the park" said Cowart.

Cowart tied a school record with 16 homers in 2009 and set a new record with an uncanny .535 batting average.

"I honestly like hitting and playing the field better than I do pitching."

Kaleb might be even more valuable on the mound. In 2008 his era was a miniscule .6 and according to in the game magazine his fastball has been clocked at 97 miles per hour.

"I was surprised but it's all the best players in the country and they chose me so."

Kaleb was selected as an Aflac All-American. Next month he will head to San Diego for the High School Baseball Classic at Petco Park.

"It's unreal they'll be so many scouts there. And just it will be amazing how many people will be there watching and watching on television."

The game features 40 of the Nation's best incoming high school seniors. The question is what lies ahead for Kaleb after his senior year.

"I committed to Florida State University and if things don't work out in the draft then I'll go play at FSU but I really want to play college ball so we'll just see what happens."

Kaleb should have a difficult decision to make next June. Since the High School Baseball Classic's inception in 2003 65 Aflac All Americans have been taken in the first round of the major league draft.

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